EVEN AS the role of the Students Islamic Movement of India is being discussed in the Mumbai serial blasts, the ruling Samajwadi Party today said a ban on SIMI could not be justified till its role was proved through an inquiry.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav told newsmen that SIMI was not involved in the Ayodhya and Varanasi explosions. SP general secretary and PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav went a step further to claim that “SIMI is not a terrorist organisation”.
About SIMI’s role in Mumbai blasts, the chief minister said it was not yet clear that the organisation was involved in it.
It could only be proved thorough a probe. Pointing out that the State Government had not imposed ban on the organization, the chief minister said it was the Centre which had banned the outfit. Even though the investigating agencies had arrested SIMI’s “ansar” (top cadre) Maulana Wali Ullah of Phoolpur in connection with the Varanasi explosions in March, the chief minister said the organisation played no role in the Ayodhya and Varanasi blasts.
Shivpal Yadav told newsmen after two-day state executive committee meeting that “if some individuals in the organisation are involved in some activities, action should be taken against them”. Referring to the ban on SIMI, Shivpal said, “a ban could be imposed on any organisation”. He said the Congress-led UPA government was not fighting against terrorism. “SIMI ke aur iske-uske piche pari hai” (It was only chasing SIMI and other organizations), Shivpal commented.
Expressing concern over the Mumbai blasts, the chief minister called upon the people to face the scourge of terrorism boldly. Yadav said a high alert had been sounded in the state. He said the entire country was in the grip of the menace and there was need of concerted efforts to deal with the problem. The party in its resolution also condemned the Mumbai explosions. It said the explosions in Mumbai and Srinagar on July 11 were well-planned by outside terror groups.
“Terrorism was not connected with any religion or ideology. Outside forces had been making desperate efforts to push the country to another division. Thus there was need for unity in the country,” the resolution said.